30 Day Dance Challenge August 2014 Every Day!

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Tip from Gaby

Take the Arthur Murray 30-Day Dance Challenge! Get daily tips and instruction from Arthur Murray champion dancers, franchise owners and traveling consultants.

Arthur Murray Dance Centers all over the world are going to be participation in a 30 Day Dance Challenge. Join us in this exciting event with daily exercises that will improve your social and competitive skills.

Everyday there will be a new challenge; from how to use your feet in smooth dances to hip action and frame. For those of you who complete the 30 Day Dance Challenge, you will receive a certificate of completion.

How do you join?

Go to our website find our Facebook page. Copy and paste this link into your Facebook browser and “Join” the event to receive the daily updates and “Invite” all of your friends to participate with you.

Log in daily starting August 1st to be a part of this nationwide dance event.

Happy dancing everyone!

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

Dance this Fall and Winter 7-25-14

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Invasion of the British Party! Unique Dance-0-Rama 2014

David Earl Woodbury
No 30 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Getting Ready to Dance in the Fall and Winter!

Wow, I’m planning out 2015. Those of you who know me are chuckling. Fall and Winter is just around the corner. The fall dance calendar is full of exciting events! We are planning our Tournament of Champions in August and getting ready to dance into 2015!

Someday, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great
temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the
real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being
decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you
shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made
except by a steady, long continued process.
— Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop

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Miss Vicki Venka, my favorite coach!

We were just asked to submit our Hospitality Service schedule at St. Monica’s through January 2015. It was amazing to me to see that our dance calendar is full until March next year. What a joy and thrill that we have the opportunity to dance, perform, compete, train, and share the magic of dance together.

Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead
of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber
of a character, but strengthen it. Every conquered temptation
represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and
weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than
it was before.– James Buckham

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Georgetta Platt, Amazing and Wonderful friend!

Do you want to get motivated? Go to your PC and print out calendars for August 2014 through December 2015.
Then, write out some goals of what you want to do with your life. Write in goal dates of when you want to take your first dance lesson, perform your first routine, and compete in your first competition. Plan your weight and exercise goals. Do you want to travel, learn a language, run for office, get a promotion, have a needed surgery, get a new job, start school or graduate, or fulfill an lifetime dream? Write it down, make a plan, then inch-by-inch it will be a cinch!

Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far
higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
— Robert F. Hawes

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Steve Platt, our Area 7 Director!

Do not falter or shrink; But just think out your work, And just work
out your think.
— Nixon Waterman

Last weekend I had the honor of judging Unique Dance-O-Rama in Irvine. The organizers, Steve and Georgetta Platt, put on the largest event in Arthur Murray History, perhaps the largest competition in the US to date! It was an amazing few days. Friday and Saturday, the competition began at 7 AM and finished around 1:30 AM with the ballroom always full and hundreds of dancers at their best taking the floor to compete! I left with such great hope for the young generation of today after seeing the young couples trying to win their heats. The gentlemen were so beautifully dressed with perfect decorum and poise, and the ladies had grace and beauty and elegant charm as they glided across the floor.

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To see such a return to elegance truly blessed my soul. There is hope for today, and a lot of it comes through the discipline and reward of ballroom dancing which is stronger today than ever. Write on your calendar that you are going to call your Arthur Murray Dance Center and start on you new dancing journey. You’ll be glad you did!

We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is
determined by what we do with it.– Mary Blake

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to be a Champion Dancer!

Dear Gaby 7-22-14 Good Posture

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Tip from Gaby


Great reasons to develop good posture:

1) Efficiency

Your legs and feet will work better while you dance,

You will have more ease and flow from step to step.

2) Presence

You will look and feel better on and off the dance floor,

in the boardroom, at the gym, or just walking down the street.

People notice other people who have good posture.


So let’s put a little Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot into your life. These dances are a must to get you working on your posture.


Happy dancing everyone


To Dance is to Live!


Thank You,

Gabriela Young

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No 29 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, July18th, 2014
How to say YES to dancing! It’s sometimes harder than you think!

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can
see nothing but sea.
— Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English Philosopher, Lawyer and Politician

As a studio manager, I have the privilege of enrolling most of our new students. Some have told me that they have thought of taking dancing lessons for many, many years. New students will tell me that they have dreamed of becoming a dancer, and now was the right time for them to begin. Some have “been at sea” for so very long that they just can’t see themselves dancing, even though they just tried it. Others are so happy that they will continue dancing for the rest of their lives.

Who would have ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt outside of his
immediate community if he had only half committed himself to what he
had undertaken, if he had brought only a part of himself to his task?
The great secret of his career has been that he has flung his whole
life, not a part of it, with all the determination and energy and
power he could muster, into everything he has undertaken. No
dillydallying, no faint-hearted efforts, no lukewarm purpose for him!
— Orison Sweet Marden (1850-1924) American Editor and Speaker

When you begin to dance, it will take some courage and a commitment of time and energy. The more you put into it, the quicker it becomes a more natural endeavor.

The four stages of learning:
The Initial Stage: when everything is new
The Awkward Stage: when everything feels uncomfortable
The Conscious Stage: when you know what it should be
The Natural Stage: You now have muscle memory and it’s easy to dance!

As you grow in your dancing, as you say YES to your dancing, you will always be going through some stage of learning with each of your favorite dances. It is a natural part of learning and part of the curve of learning that we all experience.

Say YES to your dancing. Is it taking the first lesson? Is it dancing your first competition or solo routine? Is it attending your first group class and dance party? Or, is it all the above? No matter which it is, take action, step on the floor and begin to move your body!

Women: become the best dancer, partner, and follower possible. Gentlemen: learn to be the best lead possible and become an expert in asking a lady to dance, holding a lady, giving a great lead and mastering the art of floor craft on the dance floor.

In my life, I am saying YES to my dancing. Even after 38+ years of dancing with Arthur Murray, I am still learning. The exercise I get from dance is so much more important to me now. The benefits of good posture, stamina, good breath and circulation are worth all the work. Also, my happiest times of the day are the times I am dancing with a partner. It seems that time stands still and I am whole in mind, body and spirit while moving with my partner to the music.

Let’s start planning out the rest of the year and planning your dancing through the next months. Stay tuned!

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: Getting Ready to Dance in the Fall and Winter!

Tip from Gaby – Unique DOR and Showcase 7-15-14



Tip from Gaby

So there you are standing in the lineup waiting
to get out on the floor and perform your first dance
at the Unique DOR or your first Studio Showcase.
Your nerves have grabbed a hold of you and you can’t seem to shake it off.
Here is something you can try: hold your partner’s hand
Look into his or her eyes and take a deep breath together and then push the breath out with force.
The intention is to get on the same breathing pattern as your partner, assuring you that you’re not alone and hopefully release the tension in your body enough to relax the muscles so you can utilize them in an optimum way!
Happy dancing and good luck.

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

How to be Strong in Heart and Strong in Dancing 7-11-14

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David Earl Woodbury
No 28 Changing Lives through Dancing
Friday, July 11th, 2014

How to be Strong in Heart and Strong in Dancing!

Do not be afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your
belief will help create the fact.
— William James (1842-1910) American Philosopher and Psychologist

Why is ballroom, partnership dancing, so wonderful in today’s world? It is because dancing is freedom. Dancing is life. Dancing is fun and exciting. Dancing is the new escape in today’s modern world.

My dream room where I type this message has a glass wall facing Broadway in Santa Monica. During the day I see hundreds of people pass our studio. They are looking down at an absurd piece of plastic in their hands. They have earphone in their ears and they are sometimes talking into a wire.

People walk up and down the street talking with headsets. In my day we thought people who walked talking to themselves were crazy. Now, we are talking to someone, somewhere, to anyone except the people who are around us. For a world that is connected by technology, we are sometimes quite isolated by technology. The new trend is not having a voice mail box on your cell, only using texts to communicate. Wow, what happened here?

To be strong in dancing, you must have a good frame, good posture, a good connection, a sound mind, floor craft and people skills. You can’t send a text or place a cell phone call while you have both arms around someone dancing a Cha Cha or a Tango. While dancing, you are with a real person, moving with them, communicating with them, talking to them. You are in real time, in the moment, in real life. No WIFI connection is a fast as the connection between two people dancing together, moving together, sharing music and the magic of dancing together.

How does dancing make our hearts strong? First, we finally stand up and we’re off our phones, tablets, and desktop computers. We are breathing from deep in our souls and we are listening to music from our hearts, not just our ears. We are sharing our movement with another person surrounded by music that tells us what movements to execute.

Becoming strong in dancing makes us real people who can communicate with others in real time. We grow through our self-esteem, our confidence and our self-image. To be a great dancer means we can move socially around the dance floor, interacting with the ever changing pulse of the crowd. We become pliable, easy to be with, and comfortable in our own skins. We learn the magical language of dance that may be spoken with anyone, anywhere at any time.

Dancing means that we do not use each other as battering rams or punching bags. We do not take out a bad day on our partner, beat each other up, or let our emotions take over our manners and reason. As a man, my privilege is to take care of my lady, to guide her, protect her and present her. A lady’s honor is to follow the man, respond to his leads, and compliment his movements. I wish I could teach a dance class at the United Nations. I would teach harmony and peace through dancing and partnership.

Why am I strong through dancing? Well, it is because I love it. I love learning dancing, performing dancing, teaching dancing and watching dancing. I see the joy it brings to other, the good health and harmony that others experience, and the youthful excitement that others exude through their dancing.

Dancing will make put a spring in your step and a song in your heart. If you feel that you should be gliding around the floor, take the first step of faith and get dancing today! You’ll be happy that you did and you will be a shining light to others.

What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in
faculty! In form, in moving, how express and admirable! In action how
like an angel! In apprehension how like a God!
— William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English Playwright

Thank You,

David Earl Woodbury

Next Week: How to say YES to dancing! It’s sometimes harder than you think!

Determine What Dance to Do 7-8-14



Tip From Gaby 7-8-14

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I found this neat

diagram on “ How to determine what dance to dance”.

I thought I would share it with you. I think this will give you a great perspective on which dance you will do at the next dance party in your Arthur Murray Dance Center.

Happy dancing,

Gabriela Young

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